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Coffee Action

Coffee Action
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Pasadena’s coffee people, who are numerous indeed, are abuzz with two new developments. First is last week’s opening of the new Intelligentsia Coffee in Old Town, in the former Wok ‘n Roll space on the north side of Colorado jus west of Raymond. A Chicago native, Intelligentsia first settled in Silver Lake, where it instantly […]

Rose Parading in Summer

Rose Parading in Summer

For us locals, the Rose Parade is pretty much a year-round event. The army of volunteers starts working on the coming year’s parade on January 2nd, float builders start that same month, and we all know it’s Thanksgiving when the stands appear on Orange Grove. For us at Hometown Pasadena, the parade starts in mid-summer, […]

Big Belly Preservation

Big Belly Preservation

Snaps (or props, or whatever your preferred idiom for casual friendly praise) to the City of Pasadena for installing 40 new Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors in areas with lots of pedestrian traffic. The receptacles are a thoroughly green product: by compacting their cargo, they can hold about five times as much as a standard […]

Choosing Pasadena

Choosing Pasadena

The word “hometown” is heavily weighted. It evokes community, family, history and stability. Whether real or longed for, a hometown implies a sense of belonging, perhaps even of nurturing. No matter that so many Americans move so frequently — as a society we still place a high value on at least the idea of a hometown.

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Los Angeles, you may have heard, is in the midst of a love affair with the food truck. The most recent episode in this fling—if it can still be called that—was last Saturday at the Rose Bowl, where a sold-out crowd of 5,000, including yours truly, showed up for the Los Angeles Street Food Festival’s […]

A Noise-y Groundbreaking

A Noise-y Groundbreaking

Normally we’d do whatever it takes to not stand in the hot sun in East Pasadena on a Tuesday morning when there’s work to be done, but on this particular hot Tuesday morning, we made an exception. It was the groundbreaking ceremony for A Noise Within, which is moving from its 19-year home in Glendale […]

On Screen at the Old Pas Film Festival

On Screen at the Old Pas Film Festival

The hits keep coming in the Old Pasadena Film Festival’s second week: Thursday is cult classic Harold and Maude (1971), the story of a most unlikely May-December romance between 19-year-old, death-obsessed Harold (Bud Cort) and 79-year-old, vital, vibrant Maude (Ruth Gordon). The American Film Institute loves this movie, ranking it among the 100 a) Greatest […]

Hahamongna Blog Day 2010

Hahamongna Blog Day 2010

The fate of the Hahamongna Watershed Park Annex is once again on the agenda of the Pasadena City Council. This Monday, July 12th, they will likely decide once and for all whether or not to build soccer fields on park grounds. This has been a contentious issue for some time. Pasadena doesn’t have an awful […]

The Old Pasadena Film Festival!

The Old Pasadena Film Festival!

Now in its third year, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is four weekends of good, free movies. You’ll find no navel-gazing indie drivel in the schedule—a stop on the art-film festival circuit this is not. Excepting the current one, every decade since 1930 is represented, from 1933’s She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel […]

Talking ’bout the Budget

Talking ’bout the Budget

On Saturday, Pasadena will be one of 20 or so cities around the country to be centers for town hall discussions about the challenges of the American economy. These are being orchestrated by America Speaks, a 15-year-old, refreshingly nonpartisan organization committed to encouraging more grassroots, community participation in national governance. Not only is Pasadena the […]

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